NVIDIA – Kernel 4.11 Fix Available, but not ‘Legal’..

There is a fix/patch available now, for NVIDIA driver 378.13 on Kernel 4.11, but it involves modifying the licence on NVIDIA code, and so is not legal..

Details – and links to discussions – here:  https://devtalk.nvidia.com/default/topic/995636/?comment=5101210

Some previous changes to Kernel code enforcing GPL-only licensing had been reverted, but looking at the correspondence on the Linux Kernel Mailing List, it seems that this may not happen, in this case…     So.. it would be up to NVIDIA themselves to make the necessary changes to their code..

The LKML discussion includes the comment that NVIDIA are currently ‘designing …… new open-source drivers‘, but more details are not given..

Robert Gadsdon.   March 8, 2017.


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